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The 'Little Things' singers were greeted by hundreds of adoring fans at Heathrow ahead of the Ball.
One Direction were mobbed by hundreds of fans while arriving back into London this morning (8th December) ahead of their performance at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2012 today.
The 'Live While We're Young' five-piece will make their return to the Jingle Bell Ball this evening, one year after making their debut at the Capital FM event, and were pictured arriving into Heathrow Airport in the early hours.
Boy band stars Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik were spotted being surrounded by fans as they made their way into cars ready to head over to the O2 Arena to get ready for their set later today.
Check out a picture of One Direction surrounded by fans as they arrived back into the UK today below (Credit: Splash):
Liam was pictured carrying a large toy elephant as he carried his bags through the airport, while Louis appeared to be struggling with an oversized cuddly toy lion as he left the building alongside his bandmates.
One Direction star Liam Payne carries a toy elephant with him while leaving Heathrow Airport today, seen below (Credit: Splash):
One Direction are just one of the many acts who will perform at the Ball today, sharing a bill with acts including Cheryl Cole, Bruno Mars, Lawson, JLS and Little Mix.
View band member Louis Tomlinson carrying a large cuddly lion as he prepares to head over to the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball below (Credit: Splash):
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You can see all the latest news, pictures, interviews and watch this year's performances on Capitalfm.com - follow the action in real time on our live blog.
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